New children’s book pays tribute to Detroit’s last elephants

Aug 24, 2016

In April 2005, the Detroit Zoo made history.

It moved its last two elephants, Winky and Wanda, to a sanctuary in warm-weather California. 

That made Detroit the very first zoo in the nation to give up its elephants for humane reasons. 

Now retired Walled Lake teacher Linda McLean has written a children's book telling the story of Winky and Wanda, and in doing so, educating youngsters about how elephants live while in captivity. 

McLean joined us today on Stateside to talk about the book and to share a little of Wanda and Winky's story. 


Linda McLean is a retired Walled Lake Schools teacher and library media specialist.